Saturday, 12 December 2009

SIR PAUL SMITH

Well, is time to introduce one of my favourite designers (not just because we both are named Paul), SIR PAUL SMITH, a gentleman who knows what he is doing, and do it pretty well, and that’s, is what I am going to show you.
His life:
- Born in Beston, July 5, 1946

- Left school at the age of 15 hoping to become a racing cyclist.

- His father hauled him off to work at a clothing warehouse.

- With no real interest in fashion during his first two years.

- A terrible cycling accident put an end to his cycling ambitions

- Six months in hospital followed

- New friends-new life-new interest on fashion.

- Take evening classes for tailoring and joined Lincroft Kilgour in Savile Row.

- In 1970 with the help of his girlfriend (now wife) Pauline Denyer, an RCA fashion graduate, open his first shop (10 Byard Lane, Nottingham).

- In 1976, showed his first menswear collection in Paris.

- In 1979 first fashion brand to open on Floral Street in London's Covent Garden .

- In 1987 open first shop in New York, 108 Fifth Avenue.

- The international growth of his business began and most famously in Japan, where his British designs have been particularly popular / In 1998 Paul showed his first women's collection at London Fashion Week.

- Smith was knighted in 2000.

- Till today, Sir Paul remains fully involved in the business, designing clothes, choosing fabrics, approving the shop locations and overseeing every development within the company.


So, what is he been up to since 2000 (apart from running a multinational company)?, well, many things, believe me, and what I really like of that work, are, his collaborations with other brands,
for example:

- Following its annual trend in partnerships with Fashion Designers since 2008, with Christian Lacroix and in 2009, with Jean Paul Gaultier , "Evian" ask Paul Smith. if he woul also design a limited edition bottle for them, and this was the result. You can also watch the video of the making off futher down.

- Since May 2008 Paul Smith has written a fashion blog for Vogue.co.uk.

- He is right now, collaborating with apple doing some fantastic accesories:


- Video of the "making off" of Evian's bottle:


video

I couldn't finish this post with some pictures of his Spring-Summer collection:



- Expect more from him in the future--

BTW: if you are or will go to London any time soon, don't forget to visit his Outlet in 23 Avery Row, Mayfair, W1K 4AX, is pretty close to Oxford Street and you will find great deals on many items sorrounded by noble materials as wood and stone, even if you don't buy, the shop deserves a try.

-PGdeR-

1 comment:

.:PGdeR:. said...

You have more things related to Paul's work in
http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/personal/

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